A Candid Look at Covid-19

Covideos are a collection of short videos featuring local residents and essential workers speaking about their experiences during the pandemic.

Hear this local teacher describe how he interacts with his students and provides live feedback while teaching from a distance. View his covideo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f62D6Guo80

Stay tuned for more insights from residents, essential workers and businesses.

Meanwhile, send us your short video of a day-in-the-life and help us tell the story of our community during the pandemic.

What do we need to know about your work as an essential service provider or business? How are you celebrating milestones while staying at home? Are you trying out any new hobbies? How does homeschooling look in your household? etc. 

Phone videos work perfectly! Just keep them to 1-3 minutes in length. Send them to adayinthelife@lflbhistory.org with your permission to use the video in our social media and digital exhibit.




A reorganization of the Lake Forest College Board of Trustees gave control to LFC alumni, who had maintained that coeducation was the way forward for the school after a months-long debate over whether to become a female-only institution due to a grim financial situation. A committee was formed to hire a new president after the resignation of the acting president, Henry Wilkes Wright.

The headline is somewhat ironic, because it was actually "the girls" - and the innovation of coeducation - that had saved the school in 1876, after the Civil War had drained the originally "boys-only" institution of students and shut it down for over a decade.

MayDays: Let's Reminisce Together!

Our “MayDays” intend to bring you joy, happy memories and fun factoids as History Center members and staff embrace the month of May in all its glory.

MayDays | Behold, the Belted Kingisher in Middlefork Savanna

Submitted by History Center Member Ralph Behrens, Lake Forest

The History Center's "300 Photos in 30 Days" project gave me an opportunity to share my recent nature photos with a greater audience. I thought that the nature photos I submitted would highlight the awakening of the natural world in this first month of Spring-unaffected by Covid-19. The natural world goes on without regard to this problem that so heavily impacts us all.

See more of Ralph's beautiful nature photography in our digital exhibit: A Candid Look at Covid-19

We love our members. Be part of this creative and welcoming community. 


Our Quest for Collecting Photos Continues!

A Candid Look at Covid-19 | Bloom where you are planted

Here's to the kiddos who know they have to stay home and be good "until the germs go away" and to the parents and grandparents that plant seeds of love every day.

Please continue sending your photos to adayinthelife@lflbhistory.org. See what we've collected so far: https://create.passitdown.com/present/5e88d41527c9bd3223eafa18/squares


Last Week's Favorite:

Oom, pah, pah! No one could find the words to capture the wonder of this photo, however, lots of people recognized it as the beloved Samuel Dent Jazz Band!

What do you have for this week's #caption this?

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Staff Picks

Wondering what to read or watch this weekend?

History Center staff share their recommendations for books, movies, tv, and podcasts with an historical context.

Lisa's Picks:

Books: Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham, a definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century's greatest disasters.

TV: Bad Education on HBO. Inspired by true events, Bad Education stars Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman and Academy Award winner Allison Janney. The story follows Frank Tassone (Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Janney) who reign over a popular Long Island school district on the verge of the nation’s top spot, spurring record college admissions and soaring property values. But when an embezzlement scheme surfaces that threatens to destroy all they’ve built, Frank is forced to maintain order and secrecy — by whatever means necessary. 
TV: Self-Made on Netflix. An African American washerwoman rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire. Stars Octavia Spencer. 

Words of Wisdom

Words of wisdom I learned from my mom | Laurie Stein, Curator

My mom taught us that endurance is a virtue and gave us the love, support and tools to rise to the challenge of whatever life throws at us.

Happy Mother's Day weekend from all of us at the History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff.

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